Boxing News At Five | Aug 28 2018

Boxing News at Five: Fury heads to Bulgaria for Pulev fight, Khurtsidze gets stabbed

Hughie Fury has agreed to go where others refuse to go, and Avtandil Khurtsidze has been shanked by Colombian gangsters
Avtandil Khurtsidze
Billy Joe Saunders and Avtandil Khurtsidze after the press conference  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

PLENTY have turned down the chance to fight Kubrat Pulev in Sofia, Bulgaria, but not Hughie Fury.

The British heavyweight champion, last seen knocking out Sam Sexton in five rounds, has accepted an IBF eliminator fight against Pulev, the Bulgarian, on October 27, and knows victory takes him a step closer to challenging the winner of the September 22 showdown between IBF, WBA and WBO champion Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin.

“The fact that Hughie Fury is coming to Bulgaria when many others ran away speaks volumes,” said Pulev, 25-1 (13). “I understand that he is very motivated because this is an eliminator fight for a chance at the world title. I suggest he stops thinking about the world title for a moment and comes prepared for a real battle. I am already in beast mode and I’m hungry for my return in the ring.”